I was born in Boston and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I first started playing guitar at the age of 12 when I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was all downhill from there. Blues led to rock. Rock led to heavy metal. Heavy metal somehow went through a cosmic wormhole and led to jazz, in which I ended up getting a degree at Northern Illinois University. While I was there, I studied with the great Fareed Haque, a noted genre-jumper himself. Now, instead of just picking a style of music like normal people, I'm just smashing everything together into Conflux. When not playing music, I'm a video game nerd and a reasonably accomplished maker of delicious foodstuffs.